With the rapid ascent of tablets and cloud computing pushing the form factor as to having real business benefits, new data suggests that 2012 could be the year of the cloud-powered tablet in enterprise.
In views no doubt shared by our readers and tablet leaders attending this Friday’s TabTimes TABLET STRATEGY event in New York, the infographic – produced by digital ad agency Vertic, highlights additional mobility, ease of use, and sales team benefits as reasons for getting tablets in enterprise. Interestingly, there is also a suggestion of pushing tablets into the workplace because more enterprise-grade apps are now available, a growing trend in 2012.
That said, the data shows there remains concerns over adopting tablets on a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) basis or through a corporate procurement plan, with respondents worried about security, the total cost, the ability to back-up or access data, and the additional device support needed to protect the tablets.
Vertic's data shows that tablets in enterprise are due to rise from 13.6 million units in 2011 to 96.3 million in 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48%, and also uncovers some interesting statistics on the BYOD trend, and who is asking for tablets in enterprise.
The infographic reveals that 21% of the workforce have requested a tablet, 38% of senior executives have been issued with a slate, while a significant 57% of IT managers have seen these personal devices clock-in to the workplace regardless of company policies.
There’s also a suggestion that tablet adoption is sliding towards corporate procurement, with Vertic having seen 51% of enterprises issue tablets in 2011 – compared to 21% in 2010. In comparison, BYOD users doubled up from 8% to 16% over the same time-frame.
Some of the data is not quite as newsworthy, such as the claim that web browsing and email are the most popular usages among business and consumer tablet users, with working remotely the third most popular choice.
And as TabTimes recounted recently, the infographic shows that education, healthcare, retail, government and legal are among the sectors most likely to be affected by tablets in 2012, with Vertic going on to state that mobile app developer projects will outnumber native PC projects by four-to-one in 2015. The firm also believes that Apple and Google will adjust their respective operating systems for the business environment in near future, especially with the impending Windows 8 due to launch before the end of the year.
Vertic sources the likes of Gartner, Accenture, and Cisco (via TabTimes) for the infographic information.